Ledley King was the guest of honour at the annual Key Stage 4 Achievement Evening at Highlands School in Enfield.
Every year the school holds an evening to recognise students who have excelled and improved in various areas of school life. This year, over 150 awards were presented to students in recognition of their achievements during the last school year.
Speaking to the audience of over 300 students and parents, Ledley said: "I want to congratulate all of you who have worked so hard to get these awards. At school my favourite subject was PE and I worked very hard to achieve my goal of being a footballer. I am delighted to have been invited to present these awards."
Headteacher, Bruce Goddard, said: "Ledley is a fantastic role model for our students. He has set himself the very highest targets, knows what he has to do each day to achieve those targets, and above all, knows the meaning of hard work.
"Alongside that success, he has developed as a fantastic human being with humility, kindness and a willingness to contribute to his local community. We would be proud to have him as our Head Boy! Having Ledley at our evening was a real privilege."
As part of the evening, Ledley was presented with an honorary Highlands football team shirt, and the defender in turn presented the school, and in particular Headteacher Goddard, with a shirt of our own.